Skip to comments.So how do preppers sew?
Posted on 08/20/2013 1:06:13 PM PDT by djf
Just got one at a yard sale.
In very, very good condition, has all the parts, I may need to order some needles.
Tracked the serno to a manufacture date of 1941.
This one isn't mine but has exact same appearance, same number of drawers, etc.
So how do preppers sew?
Foot power, baby!
Now all I gotta do is figure out how to use it!
I got some school clothes that need hemming.
Keewl... that’s just like what I learned to sew on at my greatest grandma’s in the late 50’s
What a great find. Something that could realy lead to a good post shtf business. No you just got to learn to use it!!!
Or, you can use it to put numerous pots of houseplants on.
(I don’t think I would qualify as a prepper...) I sew with my Kenmore machine I bought new in about 1976. It works like new, has never been serviced. I have actually used it a lot over the years, more before kids and after the kids were grown.
Gee, my mom isn’t a prepper, but she still has the 19th century Wheeler and Wilson that she sewed stuff on when I was a kid. It got to the point where she would make her own cables when they wore out.
My wife uses a Pffaf, guess when the power goes, we’ll have to just make do with needle and thread.
Mine can be run by hand when the power goes out. Not super-fast, but certainly better than needle and thread by candlelight.
That looks almost exactly like my Mom’s Singer, which she got for a wedding present in ‘54, except that Mom’s has an electric motor. It is an extremely good machine with attachments to do almost any type of stitch.
But will it fit in your pack? No
Here is our special today!!
I have an old one like that and some cheapie $19.95 Walmart junk and one or two of the handheld thingy’s.
Even have some button punchers and a couple of manual grommet makers. Got a nice fancy grommet maker but, no idea where I put it.
I also take those sewing kits from the hotels I stay at.
That guy that is building a castle out in woods has a old foot sewing machine in his bunker.
I had one for many years and loved it. I would give a lot to have it back.
“Mine can be run by hand when the power goes out.”
I learned to sew on a treadle Singer my Mom had. She made all my clothes until I went to college. One summer before graduating from high school, I took a Singer sewing course at their store and made a dress. I bought a Singer electric set in a French turned leg desk in about 1976 and made some of my clothes.
That fancy desk is about six steps from the chair I’m in now with the Singer inside. Just looking at the desk, wouldn’t know the machine is in there. I don’t know if it can be run by hand if power is out. I have the book for it, need to look at that.
In 1976, I would have never thought I needed to know if it would function by hand if necessary. Life was good in the 1970s-80s. No thought of the US crashing - no thought of a Marxist Muslim being president.
If you decide to electrify the sewing machine , they have a rheostat that will adjust the speed of the sewing needle .
Set it up so that you can operate the speed with your a lever at your knee .
That way you still have both hands on the working piece, and can still adjust the speed of the machine .
No plans to electrify it.
As with all antiques, the key is to leave it as original as possible.
Very, very large bonus to the deal is that it actually works, has the original leather rope type belt with it!
A neat PING.
The Bride owns four machines, in various states of repair; all of them are electrical, unfortunately. She gives sewing lessons as barter for other goods and services.
I have a regular electric one but the wheel can be manually turned so I’m counting on my husband to retrofit it to a treadle, it shouldn’t be too hard.
There are replacement machines for those who have the cabinet only.
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